Coalition, Afghans Seize Weapons, Capture Insurgents
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2011 Coalition and Afghan forces today seized weapons and drug caches in southern and eastern Afghanistan following two days of multiple engagements with insurgent fighters, military officials reported.
A coalition security force discovered a weapons cache while conducting a patrol in the Marja district of Helmand province today. The cache consisted of 700 7.62 mm rounds, nine 9 mm rounds, two assault rifles and five magazines. The weapons were seized by the security force to be destroyed later.
In the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force destroyed a 550-pound cache of marijuana while on patrol.
Another combined force, acting on a local Afghan’s tip, found and destroyed 17 80 mm mortar rounds in the Bagram district of Parwan province.
On Nov. 19, a combined force captured a Taliban ammunition and explosives supplier in Zabul province’s Qalat district. An additional suspect was detained.
In other Nov. 19 operations:
-- A coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents in Marja after receiving information that insurgents were at a compound in the area. After the force called for the men to come out peacefully, the insurgents emerged and were detained without incident.
-- In Helmand’s Kajaki district, a combined force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban member who coordinates the movement of supplies for insurgents there. The security force confiscated roadside bombs and bomb-making materials.
-- A combined force operating in Paktia province’s Zurmat district captured a Taliban roadside bomb coordinator and an additional suspect.
-- In the Behsud district of Nangarhar province, a combined force detained numerous suspected insurgents during an operation in search of an al-Qaida member who transports insurgent fighters and supplies from Nangarhar to Kunar province.
In Nov. 18 operations:
-- During a combined operation to search for an al-Qaida trainer and courier in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province, a shooter engaged the security force with small-arms fire from inside a building. The force returned fire, killing the man, then detained two suspected insurgents and destroyed multiple weapons, including bomb-making materials, firearms, grenades and ammunition.
-- A coalition force acting on a tip in Marja found and seized five rocket-propelled grenades, 40 rounds of small-arms ammunition and 30 feet of detonation cord.
-- A Taliban leader planning large-scale attacks in Kandahar province was captured there by a combined Afghan and coalition security force.
-- International Security Assistance Force officials are investigating a firefight that broke out in the Ghazni district of Ghazni province when insurgents fired on a combined Afghan and coalition security force at an Afghan security forces checkpoint. Engaged with rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and small-arms fire, the force requested air support. After multiple attempts to identify themselves as friendly forces, the force was unable to stop the threat and engaged the checkpoint in self-defense, killing two people. Afghan police responded to assess the situation and render medical care. Three additional personnel were wounded.
-- A coalition patrol in Helmand’s Kajaki district found and destroyed an 82 mm mortar and 17 rocket-propelled grenades.
-- A combined force captured a Haqqani network leader who planned suicide-bomb attacks in the Bak district of Khost province. The security force detained two additional suspects.
-- In Khost’s Terayzai district, a combined force detained multiple suspected insurgents and seized various weapons during an operation in search of a Haqqani network coordinator.
-- A combined force in Khost’s Sperah district detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Haqqani network leader who directs the movement of senior Haqqani leaders and distributes weapons, vehicles and munitions.